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The year 2021 has been an incredible year for Test cricket so far. While international cricket was affected and stalled for a lot of time last year due to the covid-19 pandemic, the year 2021 has witnessed many exciting Test games, with many incredible performances by many players. The start of 2021 saw India thrashing Australia at the latter’s home in a Test series 2-1. Later, India also outclassed England 3-1 in a home Test series.
Post that, New Zealand crushed India in the ICC World Test Championship final by 8 wickets to script history, just days after defeating England 1-0 in an away Test tour. West Indies defeating Pakistan by just 1 wicket in the recent Test was another thrilling encounter fans witnessed this year.
India’s incredible victory by 151 runs at Lord’s against England was another nail-biting match to watch. So far, many batsmen have come up with astonishing knocks in Test this year. In this article, we talk about 6 players with the most 50+ scores in Tests in 2021.
6 Batsmen With Most 50+ Scores In Tests in 2021
6. Rohit Sharma- 5
Rohit Sharma takes the 6th spot in this list with 5 fifty-plus knocks in Test in 2021. The Indian player has smacked 4 half-centuries and 1 century in 2021 so far. His highest knock was 161 runs in a match against England at home in February this year. The right-handed batsman has mustered 768 runs in 10 Tests (19 innings) this year at a brilliant average of 45.17.
5. Rishabh Pant- 5
Rishabh Pant gets 5th place in the list. The Indian player has also scored 5 fifty-plus knocks in 2021 so far. The left-handed batsman has piled up 647 runs in 10 Tests (17 innings) this year at an average of 43.13. Out of his five 50+ knocks this year, there were 4 fifties and 1 ton. The Indian wicketkeeper smacked his maiden century against England during a home series in February this year, hitting a 101-run knock.
4. Dimuth Karunaratne- 5
Dimuth Karunaratne also accounts for 5 fifty-plus knocks in 2021 in Test cricket. The Sri Lankan player has stormed 3 centuries and 2 fifties in the longest format of the game in 2021. He accounts for 624 runs in just 9 Test innings across 5 Test matches at an outstanding average of 69.33. His highest knock with the bat this year was a double century of 244 runs, which he slammed against Bangladesh in April.
3. Cheteshwar Pujara- 5
Cheteshwar Pujara grabs the 3rd spot in this list. The Indian player has also hit 5 fifty-plus knocks in 2021. The right-handed batsman has scored 5 half-centuries this year in 10 Test matches but has failed to convert all of them into a three-digit score. In 18 innings, the 33-year-old has piled up 526 runs at an average of 30.94. He recently smacked his highest knock of 91 runs in 2021 in a Test match against England.
2. Lahiru Thirimanne- 6
Sri Lankan player Lahiru Thirimanne takes the 5th spot in this list with 6 fifty-plus knocks in 2021 in Tests. The left-handed batsman has slammed 4 fifties and 2 tons this year so far. With 659 runs in 7 Tests (13 innings), the 32-year-old owns a great batting average of 50.69. His highest knock of 2021 is 140 runs, which he shattered in a Test match against Bangladesh in April.
1. Joe Root- 7
England cricketer Joe Root steals the top spot in this list. The England skipper has smacked 7 fifty-plus scores in 2021 in Tests. Out of Root’s seven 50+ knocks, 6 were centuries while 1 was a fifty. Showing an impeccable form in Tests this year, the 30-year-old player has mustered 1398 runs in 21 innings at a fabulous average of 69.90. Joe Root is also the highest run-scorer in 2021 so far. Root’s highest Test knock in 2021 was a 228-run knock against Sri Lanka in January.
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